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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of the On Course Foundation (OCF) is to build confidence and self-belief in our wounded, injured and ill (WII) Service members and Veterans via golf skills and employment training events. The On Course Foundation strives to create work experience opportunities within the golf industry through golf skills and training, to help our beneficiaries get back on course.

Target demographics: wounded, injured and sick Service members and Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 120 wounded, injured and sick Service members and Veterans at our Golf Skills and Employment events

Geographic areas served: close partnership with the Army’s Warrior Transition Command, the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiments and Veterans hubs

Programs: confidence-building Golf Skills and Employment events, opportunities for work experience placements leading to full-time, meaningful employment in the golf industry.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Andrew M.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since I joined On Course Foundation I have been able to connect with some of the best people I know. Ever since day one, I have been very pleased with the way each event has been run. During the most recent 6 day clinic everything ran better than I could ever expect. I truly feel that joining OCF has opened my eyes in a whole new light to the game of golf. I cant thank this organization enough for everything they have done for myself and veterans like me. Thanks again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first time participant of the On-Course Foundation, I can say that I was blown away. It was amazing being a part of such commodore. The clinics surely helped me in my game, I am definitely better for it. Meeting each of my fellow Veterans and hearing some of your stories truly inspired me. Thank you to the On-Couse foundation and the donors for such an amazing clinic and scramble.
MD Gagum-Brown

otree12000

Client Served

Rating: 5

To you members, new and old, I have had one of the the best 6 days of my life. There is nothing better than good company, good weather and good golf. Thanks to the ONCOURSE Foundation USA, we all had an opportunity to enjoy a memorable event which in my opinion was second to none, I have been affiliated with ONCOURSE USA since 2013, winning Captain of the 2016 Simpson Cup at Oak Hill , and have attended various events throughout my membership. This ranks at the top of the list. Shawn has transformed this organization into something he himself could only have a vision for. He was my Vice Captain and my choice to appoint him was a no brainer. The organization cares about the individuals who they invite. You are among the few if invited to one of these events because quality is at the top of the list and what this organization is about. Good people who are team players and are willing to help themselves and others better their opportunities for employment and gain knowledge of the game of golf. I enjoyed meeting new members and reuniting with old comrades. Going forward I can only see great things happening for this organization. With that said, thank you John Simpson, Shawn Whitmore for giving me an opportunity to surround myself with great people.

GOD's SPEED!

Steve Ogletree

Nick K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first event with The On Course Foundation. I was blown away by the facility’s and accommodations. The organizers were on top of everything. From food to, lessons, to tee times. It’s also great to find another activity in which I share a common interest with fellow veterans, allowing another venue for that always needed camaraderie. With the added benefit of promise of employment in an activity of interest

johnegotti

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the game of golf through On Course Foundation in 2017. With the challenges of golf and the relationships found through this organization. I was able focus on the positives in life and find that competitive feeling I thought was gone after being severely injured. After 2 years of hard work and the support of not only the OCF staff but from other members. I accomplished my goal to make the 2019 Simpson cup Team.

TTongue

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with On Course Foundation USA for about 4 years. This organization has had such a positive impact on my life. I have formed incredible friendships with both US and UK veterans filling a major void since leaving the military. I have had the opportunity to compete on some of the most prestigious golf courses in the US and UK. The golf instruction has been well planned and run professionally by instructors who are extremely knowledgeable at all levels of play. The events are very well planned and run efficiently and effectively. Keep up the good work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with On Course for the past three years. Through the course of my experience to now, I continue to be honored and humbled to be a part of it. The events that I have attended provide a welcoming, brotherly feel. They are extremely well planned and executed and have allowed me to build lasting friendships with people all over the world that I otherwise would have never known. The connection with these brothers goes far beyond just the game of golf. It is a feeling that is hard to describe until you experience it. I recommend anyone that has the opportunity to get involved with this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Professionalism to the MAX!

I have been involved with the On Course Foundation for 8 years as a golf instructor and Team USA coach for the Simpson Cup.
This organization has brought tremendous opportunities and hope to patriots of this nation in all aspects.

On Course does not just check boxes for Veterans but find them jobs in the golf industry all the way from food and beverage to golf professionals.

If you are looking for an opportunity to be with fellow brethren and better yourself this is the organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the On Course Foundation since the inception. In my professional opinion; this organization goes steps further then other golf foundations, seeing that On Course finds Ladies and Gentlemen jobs within golf. I have seen some awesome stories evolve from the On Course Foundation and it's members. This is attributed to how the instruction is delivered and the progression of the members through the program. I hope to be involved with On Course until I can not stand anymore. A truly wonderful program, staff and members that I would highly recommend to any injured or ill service member that would like to be involved with golf.

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Christopher H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their mission is to help members find purpose and pride in what they do. They truly understand the comradery lost once we leave service. The events I have participated in are second to none and have given me life long friends and a growing support group. Thank you for what you continue to do for all service members.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been associated with On Course for the past 3 years and have never been disappointed with any of there events. I have been reunited with fellow veterans and met a few new ones also. Sharing our stories and struggles is the most rewarding thing for me. We draw strength from one another as well as the occasional jabs. I have never been treated with such admiration for what I have done in my professional career. They associate themselves with some of the best clubs in the world and those members are absolutely the most genuine people I have ever met.

Vincent D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OnCourse Foundation, has provided me with resources and opportunities that previously didn’t exist. Their professionalism and dedication to our former military men and women is unparalleled. Thanks for all you’ve done and will continue to do.

Shawn39

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On Course Foundation USA is the best organization for Veterans and Disabled Veterans. The game of golf is a wonderful outlet for us and helping us find employment after all we have known is stripped away is second to none. This organization is life changing and life saving!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to On Course Foundation USA for the great opportunity to be with some of my fellow veterans. Attended the Kernwood cares event this past week and had an outstanding time. The staff at Kernwood were amazing and the friendliness of all the members is truly astonishing and heart felt. Thank you to Shawn Whitmore for inviting me to this special event. Shawn did a fantastic job of coordinating everything and making this amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being new to the game of golf, it is great to have organizations like the On Course Foundation that provides training for us to either learn or get better at the game. Also, you are encouraged to get better at the game to become competitive.
To top it off, they also help you on your personal life by providing work opportunities within the golf industry if it is what you derive.
Overall it is a great organization to include the interaction with other veterans that provide us the opportunity to create new friends that share the same interest as me.
I was part of the 2 day clinic at Bridlewood in Flowermoud TX. I had a foot time, learn some new techniques and met new friends.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Jesus Adrian

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing, amazing organization with an ‘at home’ atmosphere and excellent quality of instruction from the staff. Definitely recommend any Veteran who is interested in golf and wants to improve their game; get involved!!

Russell N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently was introduced to this amazing organization. I am currently doing a 2 day golf workshop and Simpson Cup qualifier. Shawn Whitmore is an inspiration to us Veterans and I look forward to our future endeavors. Semper Fidelis

Patrick M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome experience with On Course Fondation here at Bridlewood Golf Course in Flower Mound, TX. Thank you Sean and staff at Bridlewood for hosting us.

1 Adam62

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spend 2 days in Palm Springs at there golf skills clinic. It was a great time with other wounded veterans. The clinics were amazing and the on course staff made sure everyones needs were met. Look forward to more events with On Course Foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the honor of attending a Simpson Cup qualifier held by On Course Foundation. Everything about the qualifier was top notch. The staff was amazing in making sure everyone was having a great time. I use golf as a mental and physical recovery tool, and On Course does everything they say they do and more to help service members utilize golf as a recovery tool. I look forward to the next time I can attend an On Course Foundation event.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciate these guys a lot. They are a lot of fun and have some very cool events. Can’t wait for the next one.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an organization. Had the opportunity to represent team USA at the Simpson for this foundation. Incredible experience. Being able to golf alongside so many fellow veterans with similar experiences is hard to find outside of oncourse foundation. Will definitely continue to be a part of this great group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended my first On Course Foundation event this past year and it was an amazing event. It was organized very well and was an extremely welcoming organization and group of people. What this organization does by bringing veterans together and providing opportunities through golf is extremely important and I am very proud to be a part of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful opportunity to represent the USA while making great friends along the way. The On Course Foundation has been of great assistance in assisting me overcome so many of my self imposed limitations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Team USA coach has been the most rewarding thing in my career as a PGA professional. The ladies and gentlemen that I have had a chance to meet have changed my life 100%. John Simpson’s vision has come to fruition and has changed the lives of hundreds of well deserved injured veterans. I am extremely proud to be a part of this orgklanization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

OnCourse came into my life at the perfect time! I have been golfing for a few years at this point but I was not connected to any other veterans. I also was in a tough place with my pain management. OnCourse introduced me to other veterans that I can now say, will be life long friends. They will forever hold a special spot in my heart and I thank anyone who has ever been a part of this program. They have truly made it the best I have come across. Thank you!

Valdo R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BayHill Arnold Palmer Invitational. Oncourse Foundation Event.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s hard to find an organization with the quality of individuals, spirit, organization, or professionalism that the On Course Foundation has. And yet here they are exemplifying every single one of those qualities on every single occasion. There are no better ambassadors for the game of golf, disabled veteran community, or the armed forces in its entirety than The On Course Foundation.

Martin J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On Course embraced me and the challenges that I thought were uniquely mine after leaving the military. They helped me identify with the sport of golf and explore career options. While employment in the game isn’t in my cards, volunteering in the game to assist veterans has been. Thank you On Course Foundation for all you have done for me and fellow servicemen and women.

2 Riko V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The 12-18 March 2018 :Arnold Palmer Invitational / Bay Hill 7-day Tournament Experience Event was indeed a remarkable experience. The opportunty provided by the staff was a life time experience

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last week this time while vacationing in Orlando, I signed in to play a round of golf, the starter asked if I would mind pairing up with the two guys in line in front of me. I don't usually mind, it's a great way to meet new people, little did I know I would be getting paired up with two real life heros. From the introductions I could tell there was something special about Mike and John, they were super polite and extremely welcoming, I knew I was in for a great afternoon. We started talking and Mike told me about the On Course Foundation and what they do and that he and John were both "wounded warriors" but that obviously wasn't letting that hold either of them back. Having grown up in a military household and doing a lot of work with both active duty and veteran organizations we hit it off right away. We shared many laughs that afternoon (not just about our golf games). You would be hard pressed to find two better ambassadors for your organization. I look forward to working with them in the future and wish you nothing but the best. Merry Christmas!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is L. Craig, I recently attended an On Course Foundation event as a guest of another veteran in the organization. The event was a lot of fun but most importantly, it was well organized and informative. The coordinator Mike Lacey was an inspirational and gracious host who made me feel welcome from the start. I was invited to the foundation by a friend, I never expected to meet a new family...

R.a. H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is R. A. Headges. I greatly thank you On Course Foundation and specially Mike Lacy, for giving me and the rest of the Wounded Veterans, this amazing opportunity to experience and to participate in the 3 Day Golf Skills Improvement and Employment Event. We had an enjoyable time and we definitetely learned a lot about the golf industry.

To start. the management/opperations approach is centered upon creating extraordinary guess and member experiences by delivering superior service, preferred brands of clothing, golf carts, amenities and playing surfaces. The grounds operations is commited to achieving agronomic excellence, by using top of the line equipment, products, and improving upon proven techniques, which enables them to have one of the best playing surfaces in the Atlanta area. They maintain excellent turf health.

The food and beverage was a dinning experience. Great food selection. They ensure that the high level of quality food and service remains consistent. The formula for their success includes superior training, diverse menu selections, and affordable food and beverages.
We also learned about daily fee & marketing, events/golf tournaments scheduling and management operations.

Ms. Heidy and Anthony provided topnotch golf instructions to the participating veterans, making it a memorable experience. Veterans with various skills level and backgroung were able to participate in the instructions and even got to play golf.

These 3 days motivated us to discover more about the many opportunities your foundation has to offer. This experience was very helpful for me because. I was able to get out of the house and be myself around my fellow veterans. Participation in this program, with your support, has given me a boost of confidence in my everyday life.

1 jlgrammar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Jerry Graham and I was invited to participate with OCF by a fellow wounded veteran and it gave me an opportunity to be sociable with other wounded veterans from around the surrounding areas and be involved with learning more about golf. This organization is superb and the coordinator ( Mike Lacy) was caring and considerate. The experience has really been a learning opportunity and the knowledge obtained has helped me adjust as well as consider future opportunities to participate in the entire golf arena. The detailed overview of what it takes to support day to day course operations helped me appreciate the participants from in house to grounds keepers all the more. The lessons were informative for novice to experienced golfers and the willingness to assist those with special needs were second to none! Thank you Oncourse Foundation for the experience of a lifetime. I am going to share the experience with other veterans so that they too can have the excellent experience that OCF afforded me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OCF is an amazing charity that assists wounded veterans to get their life "back on course". The events are run by OCF's US coordinator who is an injured retired Service Member, an American Hero, yet humble and kind in every way. The team of PGA professionals that assist from the Marriott Grande Vista in Orlando are second to none in their care and instruction of the injured former Service Members. OCF not only teaches these heroes the game of golf with intricate instruction, they assist these fine warriors in life skills, guiding them thru a difficult transition from service to civilian life. The events are top notch and I have witnessed first hand the participants' enrichment in all aspects of life thru the game of golf.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank On Course Foundation for being there when I needed a friend. I was feeling down and out and On Course Foundation came through helping me find employment in the golf industry. The friendship and camaraderie is something I was missing after I retired from the Army and now I have new found friend I can call on anytime. I've been able to move to a better position in the golf industry because On Course Foundation is always looking out for the veterans. I'll be forever grateful.
Ivan Cotto

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have participated in two clinics with On Course Foundation, I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this family. I call it a family because that is how I feel after being around a great group of guys. I wanted information about the golf industry and On Course have provided much needed guidance. I hope more individuals can benefit as much as I have. Thanks to Marriott Grande Vista for hosting the clinics. Thanks for the instructors who take the time to come out and help veterans improve their game.
Ivan C. (Kissimmee, FL)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On Course came to my course for their training event and I was very impressed with their program for disabled veterans. I strongly recommend supporting this important cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of playing with members of this Foundation at a training event for their Ryder Cup event. Great fun and a great Foundation that is making a big impact on the lives of these heroes. 10/10

1 Ashley E Van D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Golf Therapy!!! This organization is amazing how they bring together Veterans from all over the states to learn how to play golf, better their game, make new friends, and even learn how to work in all aspects of a golf course. Cannot put into words how they change lives and how grateful I am to them for what they have done for my husband!

Donor

Rating: 5

Hugely impressed with the On Course Foundation and the difference they have created in the lives of these heroes. Both humbling and inspiring – I would urge any golfer to get behind this great organization.